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New product promises to protect from most common 'date rape drug'

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A common tip is to never leave let your drink leave hand when you are at a bar, but if you do leave it unattended do not go back to it. A common tip is to never leave let your drink leave hand when you are at a bar, but if you do leave it unattended do not go back to it.
The "Drink Savvy" cups and straws were developed by Mike Abramson. The "Drink Savvy" cups and straws were developed by Mike Abramson.

(WMC -TV) - A new study shows alcohol is the most common drug used in date rapes, and there is a new product promising to protect you.

Many party cups, glasses, and straws promise to warn you if a date rape drug such as roofies, liquid ecstasy or special K gets dropped in you drink. The "Drink Savvy" cups and straws were developed by Mike Abramson.

He got the Drink Savvy idea after he says someone spiked his drink at a bar.

"I was at a bar celebrating a friends birthday, and I went to the bar to get my first drink of the night and really not long after I started to feel like my 15th," he said.

The follow describes how the products work:

  • If your drink is normal then nothing happens to the glass.
  • If your drink is spiked then the stripes show up letting you know a date rape drug has been added.
  • If the straw stays clear then the drink is safe.
  • If the straw turns red then your drink is not safe.

"It's another step in safety, but don't rely on that as your only means to safety," said Crime Victim Services for Shelby County administrator Anna Whalley.

She believes the Drink Savvy cups could be an extra tool to avoid rape, but she warns alcohol all by itself is still the number one drug used by rapists. Numbers released by Brown University study show that 90 percent of all campus rapes happen when alcohol has been used by either the assailant or the victim.

"I think there are better ways for people to avoid being sexually assaulted than the use of the cup," said Whalley.

Whalley recommends clubbing with trusted friends, to always be aware of your surroundings, and limit how much you drink.

"Be careful about how much alcohol they're consuming. That's much more important that having a cup that would show if a drug was in it," she said.

A common tip is to never leave let your drink leave hand when you are at a bar, but if you do leave it unattended do not go back to it. Drink Saavy products are not on the market yet. They are not expected to available to the public until the middle of 2014.

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